According to bleacherreport.com their are three Oakland Raiders that need to step up in this seasons training camp and prove themselves to be more of an asset to the Raiders organization. I agree with bleacherreport.com and think that tight end Brandon Myers, wide receiver Jacoby and safety Tyvon Branch need to step it up in this coming training camp and set the team’s precedence.
In the 2011 season, Myers had 16 receptions for 151 yards. He had no touchdowns, but now with the departure of Kevin Boss, Myers will be the key tight end for short routes. Myers, size and run blocking is up to par, but he needs to focus in this years training camp on his development of running explosive, sneaky short routes.
Ford had 19 receptions for 279 yards in the 2011 season. He totaled only two touchdowns. It’s obvious his numbers would have been a lot higher if he wouldn’t of suffered an ankle injury, forcing him to miss a few games. Ford has phenomenal speed and is a threat to any defensive back that attempts to cover him. This training camp, Ford needs to focus on developing his timing with Carson Palmer, and work on the finesse of his routes.
Branch had an excellent 2011 season with 109 tackles, 80 of them being solos, with 1 sack. Branch recently signed a long term contract with the Raiders and should have the stability of knowing that he will be a Raider for sometime. The Raiders have historically based their defense on man coverage. I expect McKenzie and Allen will utilize more blitzes and zone coverage’s this season. Branch will have to adapt to this in training camp and hopefully get more sacks in the 2012 season.